Huge thanks To Lieutenant Christjan Gaudio who is the Commanding Officer of the GRAND ISLE along with CWO Manny Munoz at Coast Guard Station Gloucester want to make our Coast Guard Station and Boats ingrained with the community, for you to feel welcome to ask questions and want you to know that they are here for you.
Lieutenant Gaudio forwards these photos and descriptions of the Grand Isle in the Coast Guard shipyard in Baltimore MD.
The first is a picture of GRAND ISLE coming up off the pier for our fleeting (this is a water test where they placed us in the water to ensure that the hull settled out following the replacement of 550 square feet of hull).
The second picture is of the crew checking the seals and through hull fittings for leaks before being placed completely in the water
The third picture is of us being lifted off the pier.
The Grand Isle being pushed to the pier for the fleeting.
Some of Lieutenant Gaudio’s crew standing in front of our new props prior to going into the water for fleeting.
This is the barge used to lift 110 footer cutters out of the water.
BM1 Monaghan being awarded his permanent cutterman’s pin. This is a big moment in the professional life of a cutterman as it is symbolic of his attaining seniority in the service having accrued the sea time and professional competence necessary to be awarded the status of cutterman and to wear the cutterman’s pin permanently on his uniform.
Grand Isle going into the water for fleeting.
Grand Isle newly painted, going into the water.
Click here for a slide show of the Grand Isle from Photos I’ve taken over the past 4 years-